Archive for January, 2015

Well, things are about to get very interesting…

At The Shepherd’s Fellowship, we have been praying 5 prayers together….

– God would grow our church physically
– God would grow our ministry resources
– God would grow our spiritual depth
– God would grow our impact in our community and the world
– God would do all of this according to His will and to His glory

As we move in faith to receive the fulfillment of His dreams for our local church body in this next season, we do so by letting the Holy Spirit lay challenges on our own hearts of how He wants to use us and grow us as members of the Body of Christ.

This week, we will be focusing on the first prayer and how God calls us to impact the world around us. We pray you join us as we know God is leading us to new freedom, purpose and callings in our lives as individuals and church and would love you to be a part of this!

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At The Shepherd’s Fellowship, we continue to be in an interesting season as a church and as individuals.

We are reminded that there is more to come!
We celebrate dreams God has placed on our hearts!
Now, we enter into a study on what we need to do to receive the promises!

This week’s study will cover the team work in our church life as well as serve as a foundation of the next few week’s of studies and “Next Step Challenges”.

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For those who leave a church or pull back from church for a season who then get upset that no one calls or checks up on them…..

Sometimes, this is a very valid hurt and I am sorry you experience it. Sometimes it’s not and I’d like to give you something to think about.

As a pastor, I end up in the middle of this sometimes and I see what you don’t see. When you go from being active in the church family and then pull back without talking to anyone about why, it causes hurt and confusion. Others don’t know if they did something wrong, are dealing with whiplash of you being close and then gone, and don’t know what to say. They end up coming to the pastor or others saying “What happened to ……. I miss them. Is everything ok?” instead of coming to you. So people do miss you but you don’t see it.

I’m not saying it’s right. I encourage people to go talk to each other but it can be an uncomfortable spot they have been put into when they feel you left them and sometimes (often times) they don’t.

So, I’m not saying it’s right but I do see it happen. Those left are hurt and confused, the person that pulled back or left is hurt and confused, and both feel hurt and separated.

More communication would bring unity and healing.

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Spiritually hurting? Please read this….

In this study, I felt led to speak into a reality we all hit at one point or another. In some cases, we are experiencing it today as we try to find our way through.

Even though we know the truth of God and the Bible…
Even thought we have had undeniable experiences with Him….
Even though we have a rich history of Him moving in our life…

Right now? We struggle. We hurt. We are not sure how to move on. We feel disconnected and battered.

If you are in this boat or know what’s it’s like as you have been there before, I pray you come out as we let the Spirit minister to that area through the Word and His touch.

It might be hard but it’s worth hearing His whispers. I know. Elijah knows.

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